OUT AND ABOUT SAT, OCT 27 @ Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
ZYDECO: CJ Chenier &
the Red Hot Louisiana Band It's usually gotta be something extra special to wrench me out of my city center comfort zone...but CJ Chenier's hot hot hot band will do that every time. It was also a great time to check out a new venue in Arlington Heights that has ambitious plans to bring regular blues–both national and great local acts–to the northwest burbs. Nice people, beautiful (intimate) space, great music. SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR EFFORTS! CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
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Buddy Guy's legendary drummer, Tim Austin, has had some serious medical issues recently and the bills are piling up. In case you don't know Tim's incredible history pre-Buddy Guy, here's a little something from the Sabian website: Tim had his first real set of drums in 1964. When he was 20 years old he was discovered by Pop Staples of the world famous Staple Singers and played for them over 25 years, eventually becoming their band director.
The list of performers that Tim has played for is like a who's who in the world of blues. Buddy Guy, The Staples Singers, Mavis Staples, Otis Rush, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater, Luther Allison, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Big Jay McNeely, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Santana, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Billy Branch, Sugar Blue, Artie "Blues Boy" White, Phil Guy, John Mayer, Matthew Skoller, Joanna Connor and the list goes on and on. NOTE: I fixed a couple (Okay, three) names that were misspelled on the Sabian site because I am a crazy person and hate to see names misspelled by someone other than me.
'XRT GIVEAWAY. WXRTis giving away two tickets to seeElle King perform Live from Studio X on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the afternoon at a secret location in Chicago. Note that you must be 21+ to enter. READ MORE
NO MORE POLK SALAD. Rest in peace, Tony Joe White. The singer who gave us Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia died Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Nashville of a heart attack. He was 75. He had just released a blues CD called Bad Mouthin' on Sept. 28. THE NY TIMES OBIT HAVE A LISTEN Bad Mouthin' Cool Town Woman
THE INSIDE SCOOP.Holle Thee Maxwell will be holding a book release party for her new book, Freebase Ain't Free, on Monday, Nov. 5 at Quarry Event Center (2423 E. 75th St.). The book focus on a sliver of Maxwell's life: the time she spent as a member of Ike Turner's band. Music will be provided by Sam Cockrell and The Groove. FREE ADMISSION with book purchase at the door. TICKET INFO: 312.970.6461
THE STARS COME OUT. As you may or may not recall, I wrote in the SEPT 7-13 newsletter about the nightmare Amberly Stokes (of Rosa's Lounge) was having when her 12-year-old son was hit by a distracted driver. To help out with medical bills, Blues for Jameson will be held Nov 20 at the House of Blues. The all-star show will feature Kinsey Report, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mud Morganfield, Lurrie Bell, Deitra Farr, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon, Rico McFarland and more. The show will be MC'd by WDCB's Tom Marker. GET TICKETS
A NEW CHAPTER.Delmark has come into the 21st century and has a new website that allows you to purchase downloads and order recordings online. It should be a fantastic year.
ANOTHER NEW CHAPTER. If you have not heard all the weeping and moaning and gnashing of teeth happening on the near north side, you may not be aware that the Old Town School of Folk Music has decided to sell its vintage building on Armitage. I have nothing coherent to say on the subject so read the Crain's Chicago Business story. I would like to go to some shows there, but it seems like all the action (other than teaching?) moved to Lincoln Square some time ago.
RISING STAR. Kevin "B.F." Burt, who has been added to the Canned Heat City WInery show on Wed., Nov. 28, just released his debut CD, Heartland & Soul on Oct. 29, on Little Village Foundation Records. The all-star band features an incredible rhythm section with D’Mar Martin (take a look at this photo from the North Atlantic Blues Fest this summer) on drums, Jon Otis (Johnny Otis’ son) on percussion, and the bassist Jerry Jemmott. The new CD was recorded at Kid Andersen's famed Greaseland Studios in San Jose, CA.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR. The city of Chicago has released a list of the dates for all festivals next year (can you believe it?) and the 2019 Chicago Blues Fest is exactly when you thought it would be: June 7–9. Let the pre-merriment begin.
BUDDY TIME. We also have the schedule for Buddy Guy's annual In Residence Month for JAN 2019. Tickets THURS and SUN are $55; FRI, $65; and SAT, $70. The general yada yada: Tickets are general admission, seating not guaranteed–and opening bands are subject to change. Also, no refunds or exchanges and you should bring the minimal amount of stuff you need with you (no bags, backpacks, briefcases, computer bags). Buddy will, of course, be at each show listed below so no need to keep repeating...I am sure you will remember he is the headliner:
THURS, JAN 3 | Bobby Rush
FRI, JAN 4 | John Primer
SAT, JAN 5 | Carlos Johnson
SUN, JAN 6 | Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
THURS, JAN 10 | Mike Wheeler
FRI, JAN 11 | Big James and the Chicago Playboys
SAT, JAN 12 | Quinn Sullivan
SUN, JAN 13 | Smiley Tillmon featuring Kate Moss
THURS, JAN 17 | Erin Coburn
FRI, JAN 18 | Kingfish Ingram
SAT, JAN 19 | Kingfish Ingram
SUN, JAN 20 | Brother John Kattke
THURS, JAN 24 | Corey Dennison
FRI, JAN 25 | Toronzo Cannon
SAT, JAN 26 | NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy
SUN, JAN 27 | Haven Star
TIS THE SEASON. If you know someone in need who could use a nice Thanksgiving meal, here's a wonderful option: The people who own Tapas Valencia (1530 S. State St.) and Mesón Sabika (1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville) will provide free Thanksgiving meals (white tablecloth) to those with emotional, physical or financial challenges. THE DEETS THURS, NOV 22 from 11am-130pm
Reservations required by THURS, NOV. 15. Tapas Valencia: 312.842.4444 Mesón Sabika Sabika: 630.983.3000 x2
BLUES JAM hosted by Low-reen & The Maxwell St. Market Blues Band
It's been a minute since we went down to The Water Hole for the weekly Wednesday night jam...and the bar that Chicago PD likes to use for dive bar shoots remains true to its juke joint claims. Since it was Halloween, there were even a few costumes...and Jimmy Burns was in the house! MORE PHOTOS FROM THE JAM WILL BE ONLINE NEXT WEEK
WRAPUP: 2018 Logan Center Blues Fest OCT 19–21 @ The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
In general, I LOVE the idea of a blues festival on the campus of the University of Chicago at the beautiful Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts–and the fest was a wonderful way to spend a generally icky (that's a weather term specific to Chicago) weekend. Fest goers all seemed to be having a great time throughout the weekend. Looking back, I have a few random observations...and am fully aware that it is much easier in hindsight to say what shoulda been done.
I have mixed feelings about performances–and photo exhibits–in Café Logan (never forget the accent mark). This year seemed better than last year, when it appeared that UofC students were being "Inconvenienced" by the live music. This year, the people were more engaged and definitely there for the music. As for the photos, they are hard to see because many of them are hanging behind people sitting at tables and trying to converse or just wanting to be left alone with their caffeine.
My faves this year: Charlie Musselwhite (do I really have to say that?), Blind Boy Paxton and Leanne Faine.Ruthie Foster is OK and a charming performer, but not for me. And Chris Thomas King is definitely not for me (but he could be for you). Personally, I prefer dad Tabby's swamp boogie style. Listen and tell me if I am wrong. Popeye Train Hoodoo Party Teenagers
MUSSELWHITE: I have seen him a zillion times and would cheerfully see him a zillion more. PAXTON: He is not only an amazing musician and a very entertaining storyteller, he is a photographer's dream. LEANNE FAINE: For me, this was the show of the weekend...maybe because I have never seen her–and was blown away by the whole band even though I usually prefer the less sanctified music of our Chicago blues legends (I know...Matthew Skoller says, "The Devil Ain't Got No Music"–but I kinda like the devil's music). LISTEN TO FAINE'S UNSANCTIFIED VERSION OF GIMME SHELTER
As for our local musicians at the fest, I love them all. And remember this one thing: When you see Billy Flynn strap on his guitar, only good things are gonna happen.
Would it be better to just have one full day of workshops for people who want to attend workshops to learn guitar, vocals, etc.? And then follow it with the jam session (starting at around 6pm). Right now, the jam session starts pretty late (at 1030pm), especially for people who have been at the Logan Center since 1pm.
Could there be at least one movie screening during the fest? Or one movie on Saturday and and one on Sunday interspersed with book discussions, etc.? This year there were only short films like the great one that hinted at the Barry Dolins' new online archive.
Could there be some type of "pop-up" store for blues merchandise of all types (certainly the CDs of all the performers, the books of authors, etc.)?
ONE FINAL THOUGHT
As someone a little obsessed with Otis Rush, I would have liked some acknowledgement of his recent passing during the main performances at the fest. Maybe just a song or two he made famous.
What a history this band has...playing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with Hendrix and Joplin, and collaborating with legends like John Mayall, Little Richard and John Lee Hooker. And, yes it's true that founding members Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Bob “The Bear” Hite, Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine and a few other musicians that replaced themhave all passed away. The current lineup does include two original members: Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees (now there's a versatile guy) and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums. They are joined by Dale Spalding (harmonica, guitar and lead vocals) and John “JP” Paulus (guitar, bass and vocals). I'm curious, are you?
A FEW THINGS TO KNOW:
The band has 38 albums (Are you kidding me?)
Fito has written a book, Living the Blues, that tells Canned Heat's story of music, drugs, sex and survival. Interestingly, it will soon be a major motion picture directed by Mike Judge.
NOTE: I have two sets of tickets to giveaway for this show (you can only win one set)
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WED, NOV 21 @ The Beverly Arts Center Thankful for the Blues Party with The Smiley Tillmon Band
and NuBlu featuring Carlise Guy Is there a better way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday than being entertained by two of Chicago's hardest working bands? Smiley and his band will bring you the good-times blues and Carlise and Co. will get you up and dancing in the aisles. MORE INFO
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